Environmental Leadership Program
2011 – 2012
This program provides a small group of Gettysburg students (limited to 10-12 students) with a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of environmental policy issues and to develop their leadership skills. These objectives are achieved through guided discussion sessions and readings, as well as real world experiences that are designed to expose students to environmental problems and solutions. Students are provided meaningful opportunities to interact with environmental policy leaders and to learn from leading scholars in the field. The program is open to all students who have an interest in environmental issues, regardless of their major or previous course work. The substantive theme for the 2011-2012 program is “Environmental Security in the 21st Century.” Students will consider the security impact: of natural resource scarcity, climate change, energy dependence, and environmental extremism, as well as the environmental impact of military operations and training.
Eisenhower Institute Fellow, Howard Ernst, Ph.D.
Howard Ernst is an associate professor of political science at the United States Naval Academy (where he teaches environmental policy and environmental security courses), Senior Scholar at University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, and Director of the Kohler Environmental Center in Wallingford, CT. He is the author of six books and is best known for his work in the area of environmental politics. His publications in this area have been adopted by environmental policy courses throughout the country and highlighted by numerous media outlets: including the Washington Post, National Public Radio and PBS Frontline. Professor Ernst will lead the program by delivering relevant lectures, guiding student discussions, organizing and attending field experiences, and facilitating the student research symposium.
Environmental Change and Security Program (Wilson Center): http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/environmental-change-and-security-program
Institute for Environmental Security: http://www.envirosecurity.org/
Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability: http://www.fess-global.org/
The program is divided into three complementary parts: A) structured discussions and readings that provide students with the conceptual grounding necessary to understand the annual theme; B) field experiences that provide students exposure to people and issues related to the annual theme; and C) a student run symposium in which seminar participants present key findings from their research topic.
A) Lectures, Discussions, and Readings: Students are required to complete their assigned readings prior to each session. Each session begins with a brief lecture that introduces students to key concepts, followed by a directed discussion of the concepts. The sessions will focus on four specific environmental security topics:
1) Environmental Security Overview: Readings, lecture and discussion regarding the major ideas related to the field of environmental security.
Saturday, Sept 24, 2011 (12:00-2:00)
Homer-Dixon, Environment, Scarcity, and Violence (Princeton University Press, 1999).
2) Environmental Extremism (Reconsidered): Readings, lecture and discussion concerning the philosophical foundations of radical environmental thought and the tactics of radical environmental groups, as well as discussion of law enforcement efforts against radical environmental groups in the Post-September 11th security climate.
Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 (10:00-12:00), Breidenbaugh Hall – room 205
Rik Scarce, Eco-Warriors: Understanding the Radical Environmental Movement (Left Coast Press, 2006).
Howard Ernst, “Assessing the Threat of Radical Environmental Groups” START Study (Unv. MD START, 2011). EMAILED TO STUDENTS
3) Greening of the Pentagon? Readings, lecture and discussion concerning environmental programs currently underway within the Department of Defense (including a look at the impact of the U.S. Navy’s active sonar program on marine mammals and military cleanup efforts). EMAILED TO STUDENTS
Saturday, Oct 29 (10:00-12:00), Breidenbaugh Hall – room 205
Judith Layzer, “Government Secrets at Rocky Flats” The Environmental Case, Second Edition (CQ Press 2006).
4) Environmental Security Case Studies: A short film and discussion concerning a major case related to environmental security.
Saturday, Nov. 12 (10:00-12:00), Breidenbaugh Hall – room 205
B) Experiential Learning: This aspect of the program provides seminar participants with direct exposure to environmental problems and meaningful access to policy makers. Only students who participate in the seminar’s lectures and discussions may attend the field experiences:
C) Student Research Symposium: Each student will conduct at least one in-depth structured interview with a leading authority in the field of environmental security. Student researchers will summarize their findings in a structured research poster and publically present their findings at the end of the year symposium.
(time and date to be announced)